SD Vehicle Fatality Rate Among Lowest In The Nation
Friday, February 17, 2017
South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.
The National Safety Council says in its annual report released this week that the number of motor-vehicle deaths in the United States during 2016 totaled 40,200, an increase of 6 percent. But South Dakota’s 116 traffic fatalities was a decrease of 13 percent from the state’s total of 133 fatalities in 2015.
At the same, South Dakota’s fatality rate from 2014-2016 was the nation’s third lowest, dropping by 15 percent in that time period.
State officials say the drop in traffic fatalities is due to cooperative efforts by safety groups, law enforcement and the public. Three areas that continue to be prioritized are urging people to use seatbelts, follow speed limits and to drive sober.
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